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Fred Talbot faces 9 charges of incident assault and one serious sexual assault

Coronation Street actor William Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court

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Fabio Coentrao has started only four games since United tried to sign him last summer

Transfer news: Manchester United cool on signing Real Madrid's smoking, work-shy Fabio Coentrao

The wing-back has not played for more than two months because of a thigh injury sustained on international duty for Portugal

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What will the team be for England's next Test v Sri Lanka in May?

We take a look at who should be in the side when England return to the long format of the game

Is it serious? Manchester medical student Tom Leach's notes become worldwide internet hit

His notes and blog got him labelled an 'industry innovator' after the site attracted thousands of other students

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Unemployed young people feel they have 'nothing to live for'

One in three long-term unemployed young people have contemplated suicide

17-year-old Adam Pickup whose body police say they have found.

Adam Pickup: Police find body of missing teenager near Manchester railway station

Mother of 17-year-old posts message on Facebook to let people know of her son's death

The FA are looking into comments made by Brendan Rodgers after he furiously criticised referee Lee Mason for his decisions in the 2-1 defeat to Manchester City

Manchester City 2 Liverpool 1: FA to look into comments made by Reds' manager Brendan Rodgers following referee criticism

Rodgers was left furious with a number of decisions made by referee Lee Mason and criticised the allowance of him to officiate the match given his Greater Manchester heritage

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David Moyes tells Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck: 'The name of the game is goals'

Manager knows the United's forwards goal return is what he will be judged on

Experts have warned of a ‘notably strong’ property market and the creation of a new bubble

Could house prices rise another 8% next year?

"The current property market appears to show no signs of slowing as we approach Christmas"

Lesbophobia is alive and well

Too often displays of affection in public attract male leering

Dale Cregan will spend the rest of his life behind bars

Police call-handler 'fed information on hunt for Dale Cregan'

She passed details to her boyfriend who shared it with killer's mother, court told

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Study into 'Language Variation and Change' conducted by the University of Manchester reveals spread of Southern words

Brahim Abdelkader Diaz, dubbed the 'next Lionel Messi', has reportedly agreed to join Manchester City

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The youngster has attracted attention all over Europe but City are said to have won the race for his signature

999 caller admits failures in dealing with choking baby call

A 999 call handler has admitted she made two “fundamental” errors in responding to a report of a choking baby who later died, an inquest has heard.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
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Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

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